It is with great joy that we announce the 2013 Institute for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award will be presented to two-time Olympic gold medalist and Naismith Hall of Fame Member Anne Donovan, Head Coach of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
October 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm
The Mirenda Center for Sport, Spirituality and Character Development
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Anne Donovan attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, where she led her team to consecutive undefeated seasons, including two state championships. Out of high school she was the top-recruited women’s basketball player in the country in 1979. Donovan played her college hoops at Old Dominion University, where she led the team to an AIAW (Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women) basketball championship in 1980. She went on to be an Olympic gold medal winner in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, California, and the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. She was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995, and as part of the inaugural class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1999.
After her playing years, Donovan began her esteemed coaching career. It had included experience on the collegiate, professional, and Olympic level; she is currently the Head Coach for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.
It is not simply her tremendous athletic accomplishments that are worthy of note, however. Donovan is kind and generous beyond measure. After Donovan’s team won the gold in the ’84 Olympic Games, Donovan’s philanthropic spirit truly shone through. When Renee Keister Balke, a promising young basketball star who also excelled in soccer and softball, was seriously injured in an accident at home, the school community of McCorristin Catholic High School in Trenton, New Jersey came together to assist. It was 1984, and the USA Women’s Basketball team had just won the Gold at the Los Angeles Olympics. What better way to raise needed funds for a young athlete than bring some of the Olympians to Trenton. Anne, a Catholic school graduate, a stand out at Old Dominion and now an Olympic Gold Medalist graciously and generously answered the request to play against a team of Trenton old timers. Anne’s generous response to lead an amazing fund-raising effort, which benefited someone whom she had never even met. This act signified not only how she values athletic skill, but most importantly how she values the great gift of life itself.